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Will I die soon like in the next 3 mos?

Apr 6, 1998

I just found out march 12 1998 that i am hiv+...

on the phone with my doctor...he just gave me some overview results that my cd4 count is 204 and my viral load is 10,000. I am waiting for an appointment to see a specialist this week... my question is...With just that information...where do i fall on the need for immediate i close to dying...what do i do? I have had no symptoms other than fatigue that has come from being super active on my job.

What do you think?

Response from Dr. Currier

I hope by now you have been able to see the specialist and that you have been reassured that you will not die in the next 3 months, or even 3 years. You have a T cell count that is in the range where HIV related infections can develop, so going on therapy is strongly recommended. The benefits of therapy are that it will reduce the replication of the HIV virus and increase the number of T cells and reduce your chances of getting sick. There are many good options for therapy, with T cells of around 200 I would recommend a protease inhibitor be a part of the therapy along with at least 2 other drugs. There is reason for hope, so don't despair, take control and get ready to start on therapy to fight the disease.


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